Capacity

  • CAPACITY

RFC North Sea - Baltic offers capacity shaped according to international rail freight market demand. This capacity takes the form of "off the shelf" paths, reserved for international freight and that can be requested for the next timetable. 

  • CATALOGUES OF PATHS

The pre-arranged paths (PaPs) which can currently be ordered via Path Coordination System (PCS) are described in the following files: 

Catalogue of timetable 2018 pre-arranged paths

  • WHO CAN APPLY FOR CAPACITY?

As stated in Regulation (EU) 913/2010, railway undertakings, international groupings that they make up and other entities such as shippers, freight forwarders and combined transport operators may require capacity on the corridor.

An applicant shall accept the general terms and conditions of the Corridor in PCS before placing its requests. In case a request is placed by several applicants, every applicant requesting PaP sections and feeder and outflow sections have to accept the general terms and conditions individually.

  • HOW TO APPLY FOR CAPACITY ?

All request for capacity have to be made through the web application PCS. This RNE tool handles the pre-coordination process between applicants and the coordination process with infrastructure managers/allocation bodies. 

If you are not already a user of PCS and wish to use it, please contact coss@rfc8.eu 

  • WHAT CAPACITY IS AVAILABLE ? 

RFC North Sea - Baltic offers international capacity in the shape of pre-arranged paths. 

If the pre-arranged path does not cover the entire requested path, the applicant can request a feeder or outflow path together with the pre-arranged path request.

  • WHEN IS CAPACITY AVAILABLE TO ORDER ?

For a defined timetable, RFC North Sea - Baltic publishes capacity at two different times:

2nd Monday of January until 2nd Monday in April (the year before the train run) and

mid-October until 30 days before the train run. This capacity is called reserve capacity.

  • FRAMEWORK FOR CAPACITY ALLOCATION

The allocation of capacity on RFC North Sea - Baltic is performed in accordance with the Framework for capacity allocation, established by the Executive board of the corridor. This document provides the principles of:

- supply of PaPs and reserve capacity by the national infrastructure managers and allocation bodies,

- allocation of PaPs and reserve capacity by the C-OSS (it includes the priority rule to apply in case of conflicting applications),

- applicants regulatory control.

Framework for capacity allocation in TT 2018

Framework for capacity allocation in TT 2017

More information in the CID Book 4